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Ohio legislator proposes bill to regulate men’s access to Viagra

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As part of a recent trend of lady legislators drafting bills regulating man parts, in response to male legislators drafting bills regulating lady parts (did you guys follow that?), Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner is proposing a bill that curbs men's access to Viagra and other erectile dysfunction medications. Under the literal boner-killing law, men would be required to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test, and get a notarized affidavit from a sex partner affirming impotency before obtaining a prescription for Viagra.

According to the Dayton Daily News, the bill was drafted in response to House Bill 125 (otherwise known as the Heartbeat Bill), which would prevent women from getting abortions once a heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into the pregnancy. Turner says that if men like Heartbeat bill sponsor Rep. Lynn Wachtman want to regulate women's reproductive health, then female lawmakers should in turn draft bills regulating men's health:

"Even the FDA recommends that doctors make sure that assessments are taken that target the nature of the symptoms, whether it’s physical or psychological. I certainly want to stand up for men’s health and take this seriously and legislate it the same way mostly men say they want to legislate a woman’s womb."

Unsurprisingly, Wachtman is not in the least bit amused by the tongue-in-cheek legislation, which is one of many bills drafted by female legislators in response to recent efforts curbing women's access to contraception and abortion. While Wachtman understands why some women would object to the Heartbeat bill, he says that "to compare [protecting the unborn] to Viagra is not even related," adding that drawing parallels between his measure and Turner's is like "comparing apples to bananas." I think he meant to say "comparing dicks to vaginas," but whatever: you say tomato, I say tomah-to, I suppose.